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Veterans

Americans owe a debt of gratitude to our nation’s bravest individuals – those who have served and given their lives in defense of freedom and liberty. As a country, we must remember the sacrifices of our veterans who have bravely served our nation, as well as their families, and I remain committed to providing the best care possible for them.

As a veteran, I am honored to serve our heroes as ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. My responsibilities as ranking member include management of our national cemeteries, reforming the claim appeals process, and reviewing the quality and training methods of the Veterans Benefits Administration. 

Congress can’t lose sight of the promises made to our troops, our veterans, and their families. Our service members must be provided with the tools necessary to complete their mission and return safely as quickly as possible. Further, we must work to ensure that our veterans receive the care and services to which they are entitled in a timely, convenient and efficient manner. 

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More on Veterans

June 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States House of Representatives today voted on a package of seven bills to improve care, benefits, and services for veterans. The package included two of Bost’s bills, the VA HELP Act, which would strengthen hiring standards for human resources staff at VA medical centers, as well as the GI Bill Transferability Protection Act, which would ensure that military spouses or dependents are not on the hook for repaying GI Bill expenses for circumstances out of their control.

 

May 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted in support of nine bills to help our nation’s veterans. Bost introduced one of the bills, the VA Camera Reporting (VCR) Act, alongside Rep. David McKinley (WV-01). This legislation would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to report to Congress on the use and maintenance of all cameras used for patient safety and law enforcement purposes in VA medical facilities.

 

May 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) to increase transparency and accountability for how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spends its COVID-19 relief funds. The VA Transparency & Trust Act passed the House by a 411-4 margin.

May 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-IL) recently joined his colleagues in the bipartisan leadership of House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committees to introduce the VA Transparency & Trust Act of 2021. This bill would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to report to Congress on how the tens of billions of dollars in emergency funding given to the department to respond to COVID-19 has been spent.

April 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today recognized the remarkable life of Thompsonville’s Leonard Crofford, a World War II veteran who turned 100 years old on Thursday, April 15th. Bost entered a tribute to Mr. Crofford into the permanent record of the House and provided an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in his honor.

April 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) and Nancy Mace (R-SC) today introduced the Veterans’ Cyber Risk Awareness Act, which would increase cyber safety among veterans. The bill would direct VA to conduct a communications and outreach campaign to educate veterans about cyber risks. It would also require VA to study veteran vulnerability to cyber risks, the availability of resources for combatting cyber risks among veterans, and the effectiveness of VA’s communications and outreach campaign.

March 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) recently introduced the Toxic Exposures in the American Military (TEAM) Act, which will improve access to care and benefits for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances in the military. The bill will allow them to enroll in the VA healthcare system, create a process for the VA to establish a presumption of service connection for benefits, and advance scientific research into the effects of toxic exposure.

March 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The President today signed bipartisan legislation into law expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), following efforts from House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee leaders, Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-IL), Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA), Chairman Jon Tester (D-MT), and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-KS).

March 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL), Tracey Mann (R-KS), and Chris Pappas (D-NH) recently introduced the VA Supply Chain Resiliency Act. The legislation would include the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the Warstopper program, a proven best practice which has helped the Department of Defense (DoD) respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House unanimously passed the bipartisan Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize all Veterans and Every Spouse (SAVE LIVES) Act today spearheaded by House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee leaders, Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-Ill.), Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).